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Thursday, May 15, 2008




HBO FEATURE .....part one

part two..


Post seven for the Preakness

The future home for Kentucky Derby winner BIG BROWN should be announced today. Stud plans for the Boundary colt - who will NOT race after this year according to his owners - are apparently set - rumours from yesterday had THREE CHIMNEYS being the lucky spot.

But the colt has some business to do yet and he is the heavy favourite for SATURDAY'S PREAKNESS STAKES, leg 2 of the Triple Crown. Twelve other colts are in the race but BIG BROWN is a TRIPLE ADVANTAGE BEYER FIGURE horse (his last 3 Beyers are higher than the last 3 of any runner in the race)...



(A.P. Indy-Dancethruthedawn) was perfectly prepared by the Sam-Som Farm team to win her maiden off a one-year layoff last night in a 1 1/16 mile maiden allowance, her 3rd career start.
The 4yo even stumbled at the start but recovered well, was relaxed off the pace by Robert Landry and powered away to a 3 3/4 length score.
The daughter of a Queen's Plate winner is the first winner of the meeting for Sam-Son Farms, which lost its two owners this year, Elizabeth Samuel and her daughter Tammy Balaz.
Incredibly, the filly was not the favourite and paid a healty 5 to 2 to her backers.

Trainer SAM DISPASQUALE is having a good meeting with his layoff runners. He dropped SARGEANT MATT in for $25K for yesterday's first race and while the gelding got a battle, he got past the front running Stormy Comet and then out-dueled a rallying Blushing Vicar to the wire to win by a head in 1:11.26.
The Ontario bred is by Ascot Knight out of the Dayjur mare Sheffield and was bred by Anderson Farms. The owners are DiPasquale and L. Wilson.
Jerry Baird rode the winner.

A super ride by Steve Bahen on INGLEWOOD DRIVE helped that grey filly win the 2nd race for $40,000 claiming for Kingsway Stables Inc. and trainer Phil Gracey. The Service Stripe-Briartic Princess miss was rated inside just back of a pace duel, moved 2 wide to the leaders on the turn, grabbed the lead and was hand ridden to the wire.
Favoured Hilton Terrace was 2nd and was claimed by Mike Wright.

Two races after the Audre Cappuccitti barn sent out Kiernan's Legacy to finish last in a disappointing outing, it came back to win the 3rd with the 5yo maiden ELIZANNIC, who snuck up the inside and then the rail path in the stretch to win for $19,000 claiming. The Banker's Gold mare (same sire as stakes winner My List) was making her 26th (!!) career start but only her 6th at the 1 1/16 mile distance.
MY LUCKY CHARM was nipped at the wire after making a premature, 4 wide, full throttle move around the turn to clear the field. The Crown Attorney filly was adding Lasix and dropping from MSW to maiden claiming.

Race 5 - A very fast pace took its toll on any gal close to the lead in the $10,000 claiming race for non-winners of 2. The favourite Clairvoyant Miss, never fired, but jockey Danny David got SPICEY DISH (Salt Lake-Buxton Spice) owned and bred by Barb Minshall, in gear to rally for a 1/2 length score at 9 to 2. Huge longshot SURE STAR broke slowly but flew through the stretch to be 2nd. The trainer of the 5th place finisher Out of Session claimed foul on that longshot for the strtech run but it was disallowed.

John and Breeda Hayes' Tethra filly ASKEATON made up for losing as the favourite when overbet for her season debut as she won a maiden allowance in front running fashion last night. The 4yo was making her 5th career start and she had been THIRD in all of her previous 4 races.
She was bred by Bay Ridge Orchards in Ontario and was a $6,700 (US) yearling purchase.

DILLON SAID (In Case) won the 7th at 14 to 1 for trainer Ralph Biamonte. The gelding took advantage of an insane pace duel between a bunch of guys in the 5 furlong dash for $10,000 (21 4/5, 44 4/5) and rallied clear. He had been well beaten in his last start by several he beat last night but he got the better trip and was making his 3rd start off the layoff. Corey Fraser rode a smart race.
HEAR THE BEAT reportedly broke down in the race and was vanned off.

The finale went to the John Cirillo trainee MALIBU MONSTER, winning his maiden for $12,500 in his 19th career start, his 3rd off the layoff. He's a Maryland bred by Malibu Moon.


  • At 5:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    wow; Just how close to home this story actually is, You wish this trainer just used his brain one time in his life,to maybe save a life,I'm sure some menonite in the western part of the US could use some of these animals, shame on this trainer for the way he went about his business, I will never send one of my horses to this track again,I'm appauled with this asshole he should be so lucky to still hold a license or even have a horse in his barn.....I feel ashamed that one of my fellow trainers could be this way, as if he did'nt know this poor animals fate once he left his barn.

  • At 8:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    This and other slaughter videos along with a day long visit to a kill pen should be required for any one to breed/register a racehorse and to obtain an owner/trainer license. Too many people in the industry turn their heads because what they see is to ugly to accept. It is not going to go away by ignoring it. How is this beautiful sport going to keep an audience in the future if the underbelly does not get cleaned up. This trainer/owner at Mountaineer should loose his license (I am sure he not the only one) Shame on Mountaineer and all the other tracks, by ignoring the situation, they are willing participants. While his license can't be revoked, the tracks could simply refuse to rent barns to him.

  • At 9:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The way some people in this business treat their horse is terrible. There is no love for the animal or the sport, simply greed. People who work around this man and others like them should shame him and call him out. Obviously, his admitting that he doesn't want to know what happened to the horse is his acknowledgment that he is well aware of the cruel fate that its facing. How can a trainer who provides direction and comfort to a horse for months and then turn around and whip a scared animal into that truck and sleep at night??? And what about others that work at that track, they don't notice that the "meat man" is there?? Time to stop burying our heads and speak up!

  • At 9:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    burying heads...'s what the horsey set do best.

    this is just another example, only much more extreme.

  • At 10:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    True this is a disgusting part of the industry. But you have to realize not everyone or every trainer is like this. I know many who have kept a cheap claimer that they trained at their farm when it couldnt run anymore with the expenses coming out of their pockets. So all of you aout there do not condemn all because of a few.

  • At 11:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    hmm... maybe a big Billboard that says: "from gate to plate" should be placed outside the entrance of Mountaineer and other tracks like them who let this go on and then protect the people that are doing this. For that matter, slap a sign on the Trainer/owner barns that work with kill buyers...I cannot believe that they can just pull their trucks up on the backstretch... sickening

  • At 4:31 PM, Anonymous Natalie from New York said…

    Recently, Jen Morrison helped me locate a horse, Keeva, through the blog. I was horrified after veiwing this video. Keeva, who was a claimer, was racing last at Mountaineer. Then she disappeared. I feared she met a similiar fate in the kill pen. Luckily, that was not the case. Through Daryl Ezra, Jen found out that Mike Newell, who trained her at Mountaineer, reported that the horse was injured and returned to her breeder too recover. That breeder would be Paul O'Brien of Canada. I spoke to Mr. O'Brien, and this is a man who loves his horses and understands that the relationship doesn't just end when the race is over. I am going to visit Keeva at his farm during the Queens Plate weekend. He said he would only let her go to a good home. I hope he finds me worthy. There are really great people in this industry and I think a majority of people in every level of the sport really love the horses more than the monetary benefits. Keeva could have been in the wrong hands and unfortunately on a dinner plate in Europe. She was lucky. Nick Zito and his wife, Kim, are in the news alot about their work trying to improve these situations, But where are the other millionair trainers/owners in this business? If everyone speaks out, things will change. Time to step. Thanks again Jen for all your help!


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